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Perhaps the only surviving Kreutzer "Aircoach" K-5 is flying in Minnesota and can be seen here.


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NC243M, Kreutzer K-5 Transport
NC243M, Kreutzer K-5 Transport


At left and below is NC243M, a Kreutzer K-5 Transport (S/N 110). It has three Kinner engines of 100 HP each. The location of the first image is unidentified; of the second, Portland, OR during 1937. Looking at shadows and the taxiway in front of the airplane, however, suggests these images were taken at the same time and place.



NC243M, a Kreutzer K-5 Transport
NC243M, Kreutzer K-5 Transport

This airplane landed at Tucson four times. The first was on Friday, October 18, 1929. The pilot was Lee V. Brusse. He carried a single passenger identified as "Porter". Based at Glendale, CA, they were westbound from Lordsburg, NM to Glendale.

The next two landings were between February 17-20, 1931 (interpolated from the Register, page 152). The pilot was Robert J. Porter (Brusse's passenger?). Based also at Glendale, his itinerary during the first flight was from Yuma, AZ to El Paso, TX. A couple of days later he returned westbound from El Paso to Glendale.

The last landing was on July 21, 1932 flown by Paul T. Adams. He carried as passenger T.F. Griffin. Based in Nogales, AZ, they were eastbound from San Diego, CA to El Paso, TX.




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